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Escape to Shanti, Hypnotherapy in Copmanthorpe, York

Do you struggle with stress, anxiety or panic attacks? Has Covid-19 caused you to struggle with anxiety or made worse existing difficulties? Are you worried about getting out of the house again, whether for work, shopping, exercising or socialising? Are you struggling to lose weight or get active? Do you want to feel relaxed, calm and listened to, to be treated as an individual? My name is Margaret, I am passionate about well-being and about supporting you as an individual to achieve your goals.

Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process. Using a combination of Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Coaching I can work with you to help you to use the power, strength and resources you already possess to gain control over e.g. anxiety,  unwanted habits, fears, phobias, weight loss, insomnia etc.

Stress, anxiety and panic attacks

You don't have to talk to many people or look far online to hear or read about anxiety and the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on people's anxiety and mental health. Maybe you already struggled with anxiety or maybe you are experiencing anxiety now as a response to the pandemic. Coronavirus itself has been a significant cause of anxiety and now, as restrictions ease, many people are suffering with anxiety about returning to 'normal' life.  Whether that anxiety is about work, socialising , daily life e.g. shopping, exercising or any other aspect of life, hypnotherapy can help.  I use hypnotherapy to work with you to address your experience of stress, anxiety and/or panic attacks according to your individual symptoms, triggers, preferred coping strategies and goals.


Hypnotherapy is also a very powerful tool in helping to say goodbye to phobias for good. One example of a particularly current and relevant phobia is a needle phobia. Are you avoiding going for your Covid-19 vaccine because of a needle phobia? Maybe you avoid going for walks because of your fear of dogs, or avoid visiting friends who have cats out of fear? Don't let a phobia hold you back in life. Using hypnotherapy, I can help.

Weight loss / weight control

Reports online suggest that anything from 22% to over 60% of people surveyed reported gaining weight during the pandemic and lockdowns. This is not the time to be hard on yourself or the time for crash diets. Whether you have struggled with your weight for years and tried every diet available, or gained weight more recently, would you like to be able to control your weight naturally, without constant cravings, restrictive diets or feeling that you are depriving yourself?  If you would like help and support to lose weight for good, I can help.  Get in touch today to take the first step towards regaining control of your weight.

Sleep / Insomnia

Essential to every aspect of life is sleep. Insufficient sleep can cause or exacerbate symptoms of anxiety and stress; can cause weight gain and make it hard to lose weight when we try to do so; can affect our social lives due to fatigue and our work as we struggle to concentrate. If you struggle with insomnia, whether you find it hard to get to sleep; experience poor quality sleep;  or wake in the night and find it hard to get back to sleep, assuming there are no medical causes for these problems, hypnotherapy can help.

Active lifestyle (exercise)

Do you want to be more active? Maybe you have a specific goal or simply want to be able to cycle with your family at the weekend? My passion for well-being combined with a love of the outdoors and previous client experience leads me to want to support you to adopt an active lifestyle, whatever that might mean to you. Whether you want to walk, run, swim, go to the gym, take up tennis, play in the park with your children, cycle to the see your friends or with your family, to dance yourself fit in your kitchen or to climb your way to the top of a wall or a rockface, it doesn't matter what your current activity level is or how simple your goals.  I can help you to define your true goals and why they are important to you, and support you to make lasting change to your mindset, lifestyle and habits to achieve the active lifestyle you want.

Past-Life Regression

Are you fascinated to know whether you have had any past lives? Do you already have a sense that you have had a past life or past lives? Whatever the reason for your interest and curiosity, I can offer past life regression hypnotherapy sessions.

Hypnotherapy and Holistic therapies

I am a fully qualified, registered (with the GHR and FHT) and insured hypnotherapist and holistic therapist. This means that I have a fabulous combination of skills which I can use separately or combined in a tailor-made package to support you on your well-being journey. Anyone seeking hypnotherapy is likely to be making changes to their life in one way or another. Holistic therapies, which offer many benefits including relaxation and improved sleep quality,  can be very effective in helping support you through those changes.

Where I work

I can see you either face-to-face in Copmanthorpe or, if you prefer, online in the comfort of your own home via Zoom.  Don't worry, there are definite benefits to having hypnotherapy from the comfort of your own home and it is just as effective.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a 1st Class BSC in Psychology from the University of York (1999).

I trained as a Hypnotherapist with Yorkshire Hypnotherapy Training (YHT), obtaining a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy (DIP. CHH) and the YHT certificate in N.L.P. skills.

I am registered as a hypnotherapist with both the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and am insured by the FHT.

I also have additional, hypnotherapy-related, certificates in:


Mindfulness in Therapy

Meditation Class Teacher

In addition, I am also a fully qualified and experienced holistic therapist with qualifications in massage, reflexology and reiki with several years experience  in private practice and as a volunteer at my local hospice. This combination of skills, combining holistic therapies with hypnotherapy enables me to offer a unique package of support to clients to fully support their individual well-being needs and goals.

Member organisations


Federation of Holistic Therapists

Federation of Holistic Therapists


The General Hypnotherapy Register

Hypnotherapists may become members of the General Hypnotherapy Register if they satisfy certain criteria with regard to both training and ongoing requirements as determined from time to time by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC).

Members are either registered at Practitioner status (which confirms that the GHR acknowledges their qualification to practice), or Affiliate status. Although Affiliate level registrants will have completed a sufficient number of training hours to equip them to commence seeing clients on a limited basis, the GHR does not acknowledge them to have yet been trained to full practitioner level.

All GHR Registered Practitioners are required to accept the published Code of Ethics and Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure.

Accredited register membership

Federation of Holistic Therapists

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with

Information about health conditions (*)

Hypnotherapy can enhance the well-being of individuals diagnosed with serious medical conditions, but should not take the place of medical treatment and advice. If you have been diagnosed with - or suspect you may have - any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor before starting hypnotherapy.

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Additional information

I offer prices for a single session (£60), a block of 3 or 4 sessions, or packages, for example for weight control. I am very happy to give you my prices, please ask for further information.


Appointments available during the school day Mon -Fri with some, limited, availability in evenings.

North Yorkshire

Type of session

In person


Margaret Webster

Margaret Webster